1. The Outlander by Gil Adamson
The Outlander is a rare novel. Its beautifully breathless language seduces your attention to the smallest detail. From the first sentence you find yourself running, running with a woman you've just met, for reasons unclear, from pursuers unknown. Yet you don't stop running, nor does she. She runs, in fear and confusion, across fields and up mountainsides, in her mind and through her dubious memory. The frenetic pace carries you through the story and uncovers a world of survival and isolation, brutality, freedom, and love, and introduces you to an extraordinary cast of reprobates, rugged outsiders, and a pair of unusually large, red-headed twins. So incredible is Adamson's description of this journey, I believe The Outlander will be my number one pick for years to come.
2. State by State:A Panoramic Portrait of America edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey
3. The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
4. The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad by John Stape
5. The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
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Ann Ellenbecker prefers happy hour over brunch, semicolons over em dashes, and boots over sandals. She has an inordinate fondness for people who use their blinkers and has worked at Powell's for 10 years as of Valentine's Day 2009. It was love at first sight.
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